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BUS-225-90, Data Anal/Bus Decision Making (FA13)

INSTRUCTOR: Ademar Bechtold, Phone: 410-532-5102; E-mail: abechtold@ndm.edu

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Hybrid/Tuesday/6:00-8:45 PM, Hybrid course: Class meets in Fourier Hall room 214 on 9/03, 9/24, 10/15, 11/5, 11/26, 12/10 (final exam); On-line asynchronous deadlines 9/10, 11/01, 11/22, 11/12, 12/3.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS:

All learners must use Joule (online learning management system), Loyola/Notre Dame digital library services, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and NDM email. Use NDM email account (which can be forwarded to any other email account) is a requirement—no exceptions. Contact IT services at x5200 if you need assistance in forwarding your school email to your preferred account.

COURSE CONTENT:

Emphasizes the foundation areas of data management, interpretation, and analysis.  The course focuses on methods to manage and explain data, describe and interpret data quantitatively using statistical techniques, and apply the results to make better management decisions.

REQUIRED TEXT / REQUIRED TECHNOLOGY:

Text – Basic Statistics for Business and Economics, 8th edition, by Lind, Marchal, and Wathen

Software: Microsoft Excel

LEARNING OBJECTIVES / OUTCOMES.  

After completing the course, students will be able to:

-Present numerical information effectively using several types of charts, graphs, and tables,

-Summarize data and analyze results using measures of central tendencies and dispersion,

-Apply basic rules of probability for predictive purposes,

-Make inferences about  population mean and population proportions  using sampling methods and the Central Limit

-Calculate and explain confidence intervals,

-Conduct hypotheses testing

-Use graphics and quantitative measures to explore the relationship between two or more variables

METHODS:

This is a Hybrid course. Students will meet in class six times. The rest of the time, students will use the Internet to access information, communicate ideas, conduct discussions, and to complete assignments. There will be no regular class meetings; all course work will be completed online within the schedule set in the Joule course website.

Grading Policy

In class quizzes - 40%

Online assignments - 40%

Final exam (in class) - 20%

READINGS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Read Chapters 1 and 2 of textbook

Familiarize with Excel.